Monday, March 26, 2018

Queen Valley Area Pictographs - Joshua Tree National Park

Sadly, the pictographs at this site are virtually invisible to the naked eye. It is also sad that very few of the multitude of visitors to the park have ever seen, or even heard of it.

The pictographs themselves are rather unremarkable, but the site is still amazing because of the rock formations in the area.





Backside

Backside

Front side. 


This large boulder is about 30' tall. Very impressive in person. It looks smaller in this photo because of the Joshua tree that was between me and the rock.



One of a few rock shelters in the area.

A natural water "tank" used by the local Indians that was later enlarged by local ranchers.



I had to crank up the contrast to even see a hint of the pictographs.


DStretch to the rescue. 





I have more posts from other "disappearing" sites that I'm going to try and work in here.

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83 comments:

  1. That one rock formation looks like the head of a bird of prey. Impressive.

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    1. Hey Alex. I saw the head, but couldn't figure out what it looked like to me.

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  2. ...few people have the interest in slowing down and enjoy the details around them. I'm glad that you did!

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    1. Thanks Tom! That's what I like to do. I can easily poke around all day in spots like this one.

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  3. WOW! That place look amazingly special Pat!

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  4. Did this area get any moisture this winter? If so, do any flowers bloom there like other areas of the desert? Great pictures, as always.
    Mike

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    1. It has rained there lately Mike. It even snows! I think the average elevation is about 3500'. If there is sufficient raid during the winter, there are amazing blooms there. I need to dig up some photos of it. I usually stay away when that happens because of allergies, and it gets too crowded for me.

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  5. The formations have souls...no wonder our native Americans spent time here pondering life.

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    1. They sure do Mac. Yep, they did just fine before we arrived.

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  6. The next to last photo does look like bird of prey's head. Totally incredible and impressive. I love this place and thanks for sharing it with us Patrick.

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    1. I'm glad you like it Bill. Sharing it is my pleasure.

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  7. I can't get used to these kinds of rock formations. Who needs sculptors when rocks like this exist? Well, I don't exactly mean that . . . but no hand-created sculpture has ever taken my breath away.

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    1. I know just what you mean! EVERY time I see these places I'm gobsmacked.

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  8. Thanks for showing these, Pat. Impressive photos!

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  9. The landscape is astonishingly beautiful.

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  10. I was just reading about Joshua Tree National Park in the NYT, missing guy. It sounds like a massive place to try to find something, or someone, unless you know it well. Those rocks are huge!!!

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    1. The rocks are huge and there are thousands of them!
      They found the missing guy after four days. He was "boulder climbing" on his own and fell. Not meaning to sound cold, but when people get lost there, it is almost always because they did something stupid. Rock climbing on their own, not taking enough water with them, not letting anybody know where they were going, inexperienced, etc. They should have to pay for the cost of finding and or rescuing them.

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  11. Beautiful as always - you make me want to take some time and visit your wonderful park.

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    1. Thanks Al! It is well worth the time. Let me know if you do. I could steer towards some great stuff.

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  12. Some of those look like a giant might have stacked them against each other - fascinating!

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    1. Thanks Angie! I totally agree. To be in the middle of these places makes a person seem kind of insignificant. Thanks so much for the comment.

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  13. I know what you mean, with rock formations our photos does not really give an adequate impression of how stunning and breathtaking it is! Many thanks for sharing these scenes with All Seasons! Have a beautiful week!

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    1. You are so right Jeannette. It's like trying to take a photo of the Grand Canyon. A photo just doesn't reflect how it looks in person. You have a great week as well.

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  14. The rocks seems to be alive! Would love to visit this place!

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    1. I agree Villrose! If you ever have the chance, don't hesitate to go there. Thanks so much for the comment.

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  15. At first glance I thought that one rock had been carved to look like a hawk or eagle head. But I see I am dreaming. Thank you for the pictures of this beautiful valley -- they should be saved somewhere in the National Park's archives. I worry every day that our Parks will not survive the next 3 (I hope that's all) years.

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    1. You are most welcome Sallie! If you look hard enough, you can almost always find a rock that looks like something. Let's keep our fingers crossed!

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  16. I do love investigating rocks and the lovely shapes and sizes. Awesome photos.

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  17. Truly amazing, those rocks are beautiful, thanks Pat.

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  18. The rock formations are stunning. I wonder how many thousands of years of wind and rain and sun and weather it took to create those curved rock forms. Very blue sky too. How hot was it when you were there? And how far off the road do you have to go to find rocks like this?

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    1. Hey Sham! It takes even longer than you think for the rocks to erode to this point, because they were underground at one time. Believe it or not, it was probably about 70F on the day I took these photos. It actually snows here sometimes. During the non-summer months the weather is probably the best on the continent. It is perfect. Because of that fact hundreds of thousands of "snowbirds" come to the southwest to escape cold weather. Many of those "snowbirds" are Canadian. Some of these fantastic formations are right next to the road. I tend to avoid those spots myself. Thanks for the great comment and questions!

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  19. Stunning images, Pat! I especially love the one of the Joshua tree because of the beautiful contrast of the rock and tree.

    I can't get over how BLUE the sky is there!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much Ron! I agree with you on the sky. The sky can be very harsh sometimes, but a few clouds really helps. You should see it at night. It is so dark here then.

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  20. It does look a bit like a backside! ;)
    Amazing formations. I like the look of the 'wave rock'. But plenty of the others too.
    Well done at capturing the artwork.
    Beautiful photogrpahy.
    Cheers Pat.

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    1. There are too many amazing rock "sculptures" here to even see them all.
      Thanks so much Anthony!

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  21. What gorgeous shots! Love that eagle rock formation.

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  22. Amazing - you have once again proved that rock is not just a rock !

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    1. Hi Rune! Thanks. Also, a rock feels no pain.

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  24. Hello, The rock formations are amazing. I see the eagle shape too. I love the joshua trees. Happy Easter to you and your family! Happy Sunday, Enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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    1. Thanks Eileen! I agree about the rocks. The whole area is also amazing. Hope you have a great Easter also.

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  25. I see a raptors beak :) Love those rocks. They are amazing!

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    1. Thanks! I see the beak, and it also looks like a breaking wave.

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  26. The rock formations here are truly spectacular. What a beautiful place to explore.

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    1. It really is an amazing place Robin. Most people do everything they can to never even enter the desert. They are missing out on a lot.

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  27. Loooove the incroyable rock formations Pat, I can see how most people would miss the pictographs, but not the eyes of an expert like yourself!

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    1. Thanks Grace! To be honest, I'm really good at finding the areas where they might be, but my wife actually has a better eye for finding the faint ones.

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  28. Some of your most fascinating photos have been from Joshua Tree, Pat.
    Thanks for posting this series.
    Happy Easter and all good things to you.

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    1. Thanks Robyn! There is no shortage of photo-ops there, that is for sure. I'm glad you like these posts. All good things to you as well my friend.

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  29. That last one looks like a man trapped between the rocks!

    I too love the rocks out there. I was there recently too, and so were a ton of rock climbers this time. I'm actually surprised they let them rock climb in the park.

    I'm all about the trees. I love walking the trails between them, it's so peaceful. :) Just me, the trees, the sky, and the rocks. And maybe some geckos...

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    1. Hey VEG! You have a good eye! I didn't say anything about that last one. I wanted to see if anybody would spot it. If there was a prize for this, you just won! Oh yeah, there are almost always a lot of rock climbers there. There are a couple thousand (+/-) climbing routes in the park. It's a climbing mecca, and the park is fine with most of it. I know what you mean about just being out there walking. I love it also. It kind of feels like home to me.

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  30. WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for szamba plastikowe

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  31. WOW!! This is such an amazing series! Great impressions Pat!

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  32. Good day I am so thrilled I found your weblog, I really found you by error, while
    I was searching on Askjeeve for something else, Anyways I am here now and would just like to say thanks a lot for a fantastic post and a all round entertaining blog (I also love the theme/design), I don't have time to
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  33. I could not refrain from commenting. Very well written!

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  34. I think I posted a comment and now it is gone! I loved the photos of this place, you always seem to get to the best places! As always wonderful photos and very uplifting to come to see your blog. Thanks so much for being a friend to me and my blog and thanks for your comments on my blog. I try to do a few comments back each day but I am far behind!

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    1. Thanks so much Nora! I'm very happy that you enjoy this stuff and regularly comment. You are welcome for for my comments. You just happen to live in one of the most amazing places I've ever been to. Have a good weekend!

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  35. I think the 'unremarkable' could be a state of mind rather than a statement of fact with these! I really liked them.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. Thanks Stewart! I believe you might be right.

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  36. Wow! Not just about the stunning landscape, but I also never realized that there are such things as Joshua trees. I always thought that the name of the national park was merely some kind of biblical reference.

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    1. You were actually pretty much right Dennis. Way back in the day, some Mormons said these trees looked like Joshua with his arms spread. Somehow (if it's actually true) it stuck.

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  37. The sky always seems to be so blue in your shots, I love it. Plus the rock formations are wonderful. That one looked like an Eagles Beak to me.

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    1. I wish it was always that way. Sometimes the light is so harsh, that it washes everything out. When it's good though, it's very good!

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  39. I would love to explore that place. It's stunning.

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  40. I agree Mary! I'm stunned by the landscape every time I go there. If you are ever down this way, it is worth taking some time to look around,

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  43. Hi Pat
    I haven't been on here in a while but great to see you are still posting such incredible photos :-) Amazing landscapes!
    Best
    Nat

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  44. Hi Nat! Long time...
    I do my best, really happy to see your comment. Hope you are still out and about exploring.

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  45. Beautiful photos! I also like your header photo.

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  46. Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful article.
    Many thanks for providing this information.

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    1. Thanks so much for leaving a comment Oscar! I appreciate it.

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